Prophet Omega - The Complete Sermons Disc One

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    The Prophet Omega

    Friends seen and unseen, people ridin’ along in your automobile, people that are sittin’ at the table I greet you with the holy word Peace.

    - The Prophet Omega

    He lives on audio tapes, passed through a vast underground fraternity. His sermons have become a “secret handshake” uniting the famous, infamous and unknown.

    Friends Seen and Unseen, the debut documentary from genuine human productions chronicles the true story of the Prophet Omega, an obscure radio evangelist in Nashville, Tennessee.
    Preaching the word from his apartment, number Q258, Omega’s identity has never been revealed – until now.

    Friends Seen and Unseen was the only film in the 2000 Nashville Independent Film Festival to sell out two screenings in advance. The documentary was awarded one of four Tennessee Spirit Awards earning an encore screening before the Directors Guild in Los Angeles in August 2000. Nashville Film Festival Director Michael Catalano says "I've gotten calls from as far as New York and Los Angeles…the buzz is unreal, people want to see this piece."

    Adding to the accolades the Nashville Scene concluded, "the Prophet Omega piece was a real winner… (with) characters, details and stray bits of history and knowledge that were richer than fiction…. The movie is an ingenious piece of detective work about the transmission of urban folklore."

    Friends Seen and Unseen is a genuine human production, written and produced by Kathy Conkwright and Demetria Kalodimos, two women with 2 decades of local and network television experience.

    The movie is an ingenious piece of detective work about the transmission of urban folklore.
    -The Nashville Scene
    The buzz is unreal, people want to see this piece.
    -Nashville Film Festival Director Michael Catalano
    Awarded The Tennessee Spirit Award and earned an encore screening before the Directors Guild in Los Angeles

    from Nashville Scene:
    Of the many mysterious fringe figures in Nashville’s musical history, few had as enigmatic a career as the PROPHET OMEGA. In the early 1980s, from his “temple” in Madison—“Apt. Q258 at 488 Lamont Drive,” an address he repeated like a mantra—the one and only Omega broadcast drawling, loquacious sermons full of sickbed shout-outs, James Brown-style incantations and paeans to his beloved sponsors, Shipp Moving Service and J&B Boutique. Oddly enough, recordings of his radio broadcasts became a tour-bus staple and underground favorite in the mid-1980s. The Rolling Stones and David Bowie were fans; Melissa Etheridge and Adrian Belew used Omega samples in recordings. In their 2000 documentary Friends Seen and Unseen, DEMETRIA KALODIMOS and KATHY CONKWRIGHT unmasked the Prophet as the late Omega Townsend, a former carny who became a fixture on the “prophet circuit” offering advice, readings and lucky numbers to the spiritually curious. Now the words of the Prophet reverberate again, thanks to Kalodimos and her Genuine Human Productions. Adding record-label impresario to her crowded résumé, the WSMV anchor and documentary filmmaker has just released The Complete Sermons, a two-CD set of the Prophet Omega’s greatest hits. “I truly believe it is verbal folk art,” observes Kalodimos, who says the CDs are as complete a volume of his recordings as she can find. Many reel-to-reel sermons broadcast over Music Row’s WNAH-AM were thrown away by his family after his death, leaving Kalodimos to hunt down various collectors. The Complete Sermons is available at Grimey’s and Tower, and at www.genuinehuman.com . Act now, and Kalodimos may have “Q258” T-shirts for sale. As the Prophet himself would say, “They got some beautiful girls over there doin’ the packing.”

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from Nashville Scene:
Of the many mysterious fringe figures in Nashville’s musical history, few had as enigmatic a career as the PROPHET OMEGA. In the early 1980s, from his “temple” in Madison—“Apt. Q258 at 488 Lamont Drive,” an address he repeated like a mantra—the one and only Omega broadcast drawling, loquacious sermons full of sickbed shout-outs, James Brown-style incantations and paeans to his beloved sponsors, Shipp Moving Service and J&B Boutique. Oddly enough, recordings of his radio broadcasts became a tour-bus staple and underground favorite in the mid-1980s. The Rolling Stones and David Bowie were fans; Melissa Etheridge and Adrian Belew used Omega samples in recordings. In their 2000 documentary Friends Seen and Unseen, DEMETRIA KALODIMOS and KATHY CONKWRIGHT unmasked the Prophet as the late Omega Townsend, a former carny who became a fixture on the “prophet circuit” offering advice, readings and lucky numbers to the spiritually curious. Now the words of the Prophet reverberate again, thanks to Kalodimos and her Genuine Human Productions. Adding record-label impresario to her crowded résumé, the WSMV anchor and documentary filmmaker has just released The Complete Sermons, a two-CD set of the Prophet Omega’s greatest hits. “I truly believe it is verbal folk art,” observes Kalodimos, who says the CDs are as complete a volume of his recordings as she can find. Many reel-to-reel sermons broadcast over Music Row’s WNAH-AM were thrown away by his family after his death, leaving Kalodimos to hunt down various collectors.

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released January 15, 2014

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